Rob Gronkowski got here out of retirement and received the Tremendous Bowl in his first season again within the NFL.
The previous tight finish may have simply gone proper again house following his fourth Tremendous Bowl title and rode off into the sundown like different NFL legends equivalent to Peyton Manning, Ray Lewis and Michael Strahan – all of whom retired as Tremendous Bowl champions.
However Gronk was dedicated to a second season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The then-defending champions went 13-4 within the common season, however finally misplaced to the long run Tremendous Bowl winners, the Los Angeles Rams, in a thriller – L.A. received on a subject purpose as time expired.
Gronkowski initially referred to as it a profession after the 2018 season, which was his ninth. On the time, Gronk had really retired as a champion after his New England Patriots defeated the Rams in Tremendous Bowl LIII. It was Gronk’s third championship.
However due to the 2021 season, Gronk’s final NFL recreation, as a substitute, was a loss. It virtually was Tom Brady‘s too – he retired shortly after that recreation, however that solely lasted 40 days. He got here again for the 2022 season, however has since retired “for good.” Brady’s final NFL recreation nonetheless stays a loss.
Brady received his seventh and closing Tremendous Bowl at age 43 alongside Gronkowski (it was the duo’s fourth collectively), and nobody would have faulted him for hanging it up on prime. Who is aware of how Brady feels now, however Gronkowski can solely converse for himself – he has no regrets coming again for yet another 12 months, although it did not finish how he’d hoped.
“That final 12 months was a particular 12 months as nicely. I really like the blokes on that group. The teammates, the entire Buccaneers group… It was an excellent profitable 12 months,” Gronkowski instructed Fox Information Digital.
“I knew I used to be coming again for that second 12 months in Tampa Bay. I wouldn’t change a factor,” he continued.
Gronkowski even stated if he was given the choice beforehand, he’d nonetheless choose enjoying for an eleventh season.
“If I had the selection to journey off into the sundown as a champion with the Buccaneers after the primary 12 months or come again a second 12 months and lose within the playoffs how we did, I’d have positively got here again the second 12 months, as a result of I fashioned so many particular relationships with my teammates there, the individuals within the Buccaneers group,” Gronkowski stated. “There’s little question in my thoughts that that was one other particular 12 months as nicely. Regardless that we didn’t win all of it, it was nonetheless a profitable 12 months.”
It shocked no person when Gronkowski returned in 2020 and teamed up with Brady in Florida, regardless of initially profitable his closing NFL recreation. However he positive is content material with how the ending of his profession panned out.